Three of these fillies have C&D form, with RHODA’S CHOICE the pick at the weights. The rematch between Live Stream and The Chain could be close on the revised terms.
The two newcomers are interesting, and they need to be monitored for market confidence.
Moment Of Hope may be able to reverse placings with Unit Of Assessment and prove best of those who already have handicap form, while handicap debutants LATIN KNIGHT, Make Haste Slowly and Red Centre are all interesting types who should be involved.
The vote goes to Latin Knight, who is well treated on his course effort in February.
Several runners are appealing types, notably PRETTY IN GREY who has improved for this surface and is taken to complete a Kempton hat-trick.
Second choice is Delilah Park, who has a very solid record over C&D. Unexposed fillies Ligera and Ahorsecalledwanda are also shortlisted.
Several of these are unexposed but THE BLUE BOWER (NAP) is evidently thriving for her new stable, and the form of her cosy 6 furlongs course win 12 days ago was recently given a good boost by the runner-up.
She’ll be fine back over 7 furlongs and is taken to complete her hat-trick. Philipa Victoria returned from a break with a pleasing effort over 1m at Newbury last month and is second choice, ahead of Glorious Zoff.
Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding VASARI is not living up to his pedigree, but things didn’t really go his way on last month’s handicap debut at Newmarket and today’s step up in trip may enable him to claim a breakthrough win.
Al Rufaa disappointed on his seasonal/handicap debut but it would be reckless to write him off after that and he is feared most. Blackcastle Storm and Tommy Rock are others to consider.
Vibrance is hard to knock with a near perfect record over C&D and a 6lb rise for last time looks manageable, considering how comfortably she prevailed.
However, VOLCANIC SKY‘s Newmarket effort (first past the post) can be upgraded given it was he who headed the pursuit of a tearaway leader, and this longer trip shouldn’t be too big an issue around here.
Estrela Star was in superb form when last seen in February and will be a danger to all if picking up where he left off, but preference is for ROAR who finished well for fourth over 1m 6f at Sandown last month and is unexposed over 2m on the Flat.
Red Secret was a wide-margin C&D winner in a first-time visor on last month’s seasonal debut but has a point to prove after running very poorly under a penalty soon afterwards. Moon Of Baroda also gets a mention.
Not untypically for a three-year-old handicap, several runners are interesting. Slight preference is for GLEN ESK, who ran well over C&D on his sole all-weather start and may show further progress back here.
Second choice is Mayson Mount, ahead of handicap debutant Late Arrival. A few others also have possibilities.
The tongue-tie and cheekpieces have helped THE GAME OF LIFE since returning from lockdown, and the five-year-old remains well handicapped on his Irish form.
Roca Magica warrants respect despite a big hike in the weights, while Kendergarten Kop and Catch My Breath are other suggestions for the shortlist.
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